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The "Canada Bowl"

The Gardiner Museum, located at 111 Queen's Park in Toronto is Canada's national ceramics museum. The museum houses an impressive collection of fine porcelain and ceramics that spans centuries and civilizations - from the Ancient Americas to modern and contemporary ceramics.On the first floor of the museum, by the entrance into the European Procelain of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries Collection, the "Canada Bowl" is on display. The "Canada Bowl" - front view It is a Meissen porcelain bowl... read more »

The "Canada Bowl" - A Porcelain Treasure

The Gardiner Museum, located at 111 Queen's Park in Toronto is Canada's national ceramics museum. The museum houses an impressive collection of fine porcelain and ceramics that spans centuries and civilizations - from the Ancient Americas to modern and contemporary ceramics.On the first floor of the museum, by the entrance into the European Procelain of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries Collection, the "Canada Bowl" is on display. The "Canada Bowl" - front view It is a Meissen porcelain bowl... read more »

The Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Reading - 2017

Telus Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, TorontoKoerner Hall in Toronto has been the venue for the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Reading in June 2017, as it has been the case in previous years. Canadian winner Jordan Abel (center) and International winner Alice Oswald (left) arriving at the event.For those interested to learn more about this prize, here is the link to -> The Griffin Poetry Prize website which contains a wealth of information. It indicates that The Griffin Poetry Pri... read more »

Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Reading - 2017

Telus Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, TorontoKoerner Hall in Toronto has been the venue for the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Reading in June 2017, as it has been the case in previous years. Canadian winner Jordan Abel (center) and International winner Alice Oswald (left) arriving at the event.For those interested to learn more about this prize, here is the link to -> The Griffin Poetry Prize website which contains a wealth of information. It indicates that The Griffin Poetry Pri... read more »

José Bautista Toronto Blue Jays

José Bautista jugador de béisbol dominicano de los TorontoBlue Jays protagonizó uno de los mejores momentos de la última temporada de béisbol en la liga norteamericana, el pasado 14 de octubre, su homerun fue tan impresionante y decisivo que no solo los TorontoBlue Jays consiguieron el triunfo en ese partido sino que ganaron la eliminatoria, pasaron de ronda, Toronto Blue Jays se convertían en los favoritos para ganar las series mundiales de béisbol y José Bautista inspiró tatuajes o camisetas gracias a ... read more »

Comprando ropa en Black Market Clothing.Toronto.

Una mañana que tuve libre en Toronto anduve por el centro y descubrí una tienda que pasa desapercibida a simple vista,Black Market Clothing, recordaba a esas tiendas de Camden, Londres en el sentido de que era un edificio antiguo y para visitar la tienda tenías que bajar al sótano. La ropa estaba muy bien y todo era especialmente barato, había prendas de primeras marcas, pantalones Levis, Lee, camisetas muy originales con diseños imaginativos y ropa de todo tipo. Tal y como pueden ver acontinuación,compr... read more »

Comiendo en City Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar Do...

Después de unos días en Toronto probando diferentes restaurantes y aclimatándonos al estado de Ontario y al país Canadá, por fin encontramos el que iba a ser nuestro destino alimenticio diario, City Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar en el centro de Toronto y es queteníamosque trabajar todos los días en el Eaton Centre,enel mismo corazón de la ciudad mas importante de Canadá, la cena ya la teníamosasignadaen otrorestaurantecerca de nuestro hotel y después de conocer a una simpática camarera que nos explicó las ... read more »

Energy videoclip Drake

El rapero canadiense Drake, exnovio de Rihanna, embajador de los Toronto Raptors y toda una institución en la industria del Hip-Hop saca nuevo disco, y tal y como nos tiene acostumbrados rezuma calidad por todos los lados, quizás Hotline Bling sea uno de los singles más populares y el que ya hayas escuchado pero a la hora de calidad, Energy es uno de los mejores videoclips del año, lo puedes ver a continuación la letra es explosiva y las imágenes que acompañan están entre las mejores de este año musical.... read more »

Déjà vu And You

Have you ever been some where you know you have been before? Seen the same people? Deja vu? What if it was true that you had really been there? That happened to me last night. I was in a meeting in our fellowship. A meeting of leaders. A meal to bless them to be followed Continue reading Déjà vu And You read more »

A Pearl Of Great Price

Yesterday I wrote what the Lord was speaking in light of powerful meeting the night before. Predicated on observation, I felt the presence and push of the Lord. One of the first things I had heard was “New England-Its your time-its your season”. And since I had no faves in the Super Bowl I was Continue reading A Pearl Of Great Price read more »

A New Side Of Prepping

Yesterday I wrote on revival and more specifically the growing wave of His presence in the New England area. Many many people read and shared this word with friends and of course, I would like to say thank you. I think the growing consensus is that what we embraced, held fast during powerful times of Continue reading A New Side Of Prepping read more »

Udderstanding – Get Off The Milk!

Many years ago my wife and I were traveling through Toronto. Toronto is a very large city. My wife had the map on her lap and I was driving. As the road turned into 8 lanes, I said “hurry up, I am not sure where we are”. This created instant panic and I had to Continue reading Udderstanding Get Off The Milk! read more »

Choose Your Own Adventure Tweetup

This past weekend was Tweetup number four on the roster of attended Tweetups. It's likely to have been the last (98% sure it is...ya always have to maintain some wiggle room).After a great time at the Detroit Tweetup in 2012, the appetite for Tweetups was whetted. What followed was a fairly disappointing one in 2013, which took place in Minneapolis, then shortly following that a fun one in London, Ontario where we got to see @CanadianCyn again, and meet her [email protected] We met some other nice pe... read more »

Squeezing The Middle

This morning I read a NY Times article that claimed that the retail space was collapsing in the middle, leaving only premium or bargain-basement retailers.The same thing is happening in Canada, and especially in Toronto. Some people don't like to admit it, but there's a huge squeeze on any business who generates revenue from the middle class.Just look at HBC or Sears; they're being replaced on the high street because people are betting they can get more money per sq/ft selling to the top 20% of earners, ... read more »

Where You Rest In Is Where You Are Best In

While in service on Sunday morning I watched the, a highway, open before me. A highway that went through a mountainous range.  Suddenly the vehicle I was riding in accelerated and we were quickly moving so fast that my distance disappeared and everything soon became my now. I realized anywhere I wanted to be I [] read more »

Trees in Toronto

If I was to point blame on the bulk of my house ownership woes over the years, trees would be the main culprit. If they're not clogging up downspouts with leaves and causing issues, they're attacking clay sewer pipes and blocking them with roots, and their latest trick is from a silver maple I have that is dropping 400lb boughs from 40ft up on to my deck roof because of the ice storm... Frustratingly, the City of Toronto has a very rigid tree program that basically says that you can't touch or majorly al... read more »

Watching Rocket Launches From Toronto

It's not very often that we get a chance to see a space launch from Toronto, but it does happen from time to time. Anumber of variables come in to play, including day versus night time launches (we can only see night from this distance), weather cooperation, and the type of launch.If a rocket takes off and straight away banks over the Atlantic rather than gaining initial height, then we don't see it for the same reason that when you stand at Niagara Falls and look at Toronto, we're half hidden under the ... read more »

A Visit To Ripley's Aquarium Toronto Canada

This past weekend, I went to the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, Canada.With me, the brand name "Ripley's" doesn't inspire thoughts of quality or educational value - I always think of tawdy, even tasteless, shows of hyperbole and stuff that is probably not there to get your brain-cells working. Some west-coast American on a studio set straight out of "Entertainment Tonight" telling you about how they're about to show you the most amazing three headed snake, that's really only 6 inches long, but they do som... read more »

Toronto, Rob Ford and Tourism

For the second time this week, Rob Ford is back on the front page of international news for all the wrong reasons. Naturally, there are people calling for him to resign.You just can't by exposure like this, so someone should becapitalizing on this fame to help the city. As the phrase goes "if life gives you lemons, make lemonade"... Here's a graph of Toronto Tourism vs Rob Ford on Google Trends in 2011. Here's the same thing for 2013. As you can see, one man's delinquent behaviour is outstripping tal... read more »

Toronto and it's arcane animal by-laws

The news out of NB about the two boys being killed by an escaped constrictor is disheartening and senseless. Quite rightly, animal regulations have come back to the forefront of discussion. Living in Toronto, I think its high time someone took a good look at the City's laws here, because they are daft to say the least. In Toronto, we have this municipal code (source http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/1184_349.pdf), which states what you can and cannot have. Whilst it quite rightly blankets out th... read more »

Video: Toronto Police Officers Shoot & Kill 18 ...

This incident was caught on tape, Toronto police officers shot and killed 18 year old boy carrying a knife on a street bus. The boy was shot 9 times. You need to see this video, what is the government doing about this? read more »

Cutting the cord on Rogers Cable

The other day I was talking about how television content distributors are buying up the content creators, so that they can continue to charge high cable subscription fees whilst cutting costs at the same time.One of those content creators I mentioned was sports. There's a reason for this being important today: Whilst normal shows and movies go to Netflix where you can see most of the same content at a discount of some 80% or more compared to cable, sports and live events can't. If it's not on live, peopl... read more »

The Bleeding-Edge Technology Process in Toronto

This is a true story, based on my past 18 months experiences. First, you have an excellent technology idea. You hone it till it's a killer idea. You build a prototype of the idea, to show that it works. You decide that you need help to get the idea to market. You get support from people who like your idea, and they offer to make small changes, based on the knowledge from their respective fields. They call in "experts" to refine it. The experts like the idea, and they make some bigger changes to the i... read more »

What Did Toronto Learn During Last Week's Floods?

It probably didn't pass your attention that this time last week, we were recovering from a very hectic start to the week with floods and record-breaking torrential rain. A week later, there's still a number of things that deeply niggle me about how things were handled, and the aftermath. Questions abound. Here are some of them: 1) Why wasn't the Toronto OEM (Office of Emergency Management) on social media during the storm? 2) There must be thousands of FRS and GMRS radios in Toronto. Why is nobody ... read more »

Toronto Fire Trucks

Something I have never understood in Toronto is fire truck sirens. The average fire truck siren here appears to be about 115db (+/- 10db) from what I can tell. It's plenty loud enough, to the point that even if you were deaf, you'd still feel the vibrations going through your body. Despite this, almost every few days I encounter a fire truck that has to employ a secondary klaxon horn because someone isn't responding to the primary siren. Without wanting to sound racist, sexist and anything else equall... read more »

The worst thing Toronto can do next with flood ...

Some people think I get a little too ahead of myself when it comes to spotting potential issues. On June 24th this year, I pointed out a jarring issue with Canada's "1 in 100 year" flood planning information that it provides to the public. In short, I pointed out that it's dumbed-down, retroactive-looking, "cherry-picked" information that uses the data that they want to use, to paint an inaccurate story - because the truth would cause the city a bigger issue where people don't want to live here. The ma... read more »

The Toronto Storm of July 8th 2013

It's the day after the storm and I've had one night to adjust from "all hands on deck" mode, to my current state of "I'm really quite angry" mode.In short, last night's events were a disaster from a planning perspective, both at home and out in society at large. The information that was available was mixed up. The feeling that the city was appreciating the mess it's people were in was not there.Yes, last night was exceptional from a rainfall event standpoint, but let's get serious for a minute - it was k... read more »

Canada's "1 in 100 year" flood planning informa...

Most people would have seen the images coming out of Calgary right now, where flooding has caused some of the worst problems in living memory. Despite the disturbing pictures, I find some of the information around this to be a little troubling as well.Take Calgary's flood planning information. It points out on the map where the river is. Then it points out where the flood plains are. After you reconcile in your head the fact that so much of the city has been built on known flood plains, you then spot the... read more »

Toronto Garbage Collection Issues

Not a season goes by without me having reason to complain about Toronto Waste and their garbage collection practices. If they're not skipping houses, they are only doing one side of the street. If they're not missing bags and bins, they're leaving them strewn all over the sidewalk.It's the leaving things across the sidewalk that bothers me most. Given the guy in the truck is doing everything using a remote control joystick, he should be able to put the bins back where he found them - and as a bonus, upri... read more »

The Check Effect in Toronto

One of the most erroneous pieces of information I've ever heard in Toronto is on how to find your sense of direction. The common phrase is "Look for the CN Tower - That's alway south". The problem with this advice is you can't always see the CN Tower, and even if you can, it's not necessarily south. Another piece of advice is to look for the sun - which is in the south at around noon and in the west around sunset. This is great assuming it's not a cloudy day, or 11pm at night. There is, however, one... read more »

The Invention of Staff Fracking

Many things have been invented in Toronto, but this year we can add a new item to the list. I'm going to call it "Staff Fracking". The technique with this similar to normal shale gas fracking where you inject water at high pressure into rocks until they shatter and the pressure forces gas to the surface, except here you inject lots of scandalous hot air then increase the pressure until senior staff start streaming out. It appears to be rather effective, judging by the constant stream of ex-city hall ... read more »

A Subway Safety Issue That Remains Unaddressed

For two days now, I've had my TTC Subway commute hampered by two things "at track level" that should not have been there. Yesterday was an "injury at track level" (someone jumped at College Station), and today it was "smoke at track level" - so we had to stop and wait for the fire service to turn up with a fire extinguisher and put out the burning newspaper or whatever the junk was that had blown onto the track and ignited. Both are, unfortunately, fairly regular occurrances. The astute will realise ... read more »

Social Media and Twitter News Schedules

I was doing some quick poking about on social media and news strategies in Toronto. I was really looking for anecdotal evidence, rather than hard facts - just something quick and dirty to look at so I could get a rough sense for comparison. I used this service (http://www.xefer.com/twitter/) to quickly look up a few accounts.680 News Above is the @680News twitter account. As you can see, their distribution is clustered around the 5-am to 11am spots on Tuesday through Friday. Then again 5pm to 8pm on Mon... read more »

Why You Should Never Cross Anything Off Your Tr...

There has recently been published an article by one David Landsel in which he disbands the popularity of several pretty famous travel destinations for some pretty horrific reasons. The article has gained quite a bit of popularity on the internet, and has been shared a considerable number of times over social media. As a fellow [...] read more »

Ontario Judges And The Circus They Run

When I see a story like this, I have to shake my head. http://www.citynews.ca/2013/04/02/mayor-ford-must-pay-own-legal-bills-court/ The whole point of the mayor going to court was to determine whether the accusations were true or not. The gravity of a courtroom should mean that if a person is not found guilty, then by default they must be innocent of those accusations. When you keep that in mind, you suddenly realise that what the Judges panel ruled here was this: Innocent people must bear the cos... read more »

Can we not think of a more environmentally frie...

Today we're getting some new panda's in Toronto. Behind the usual hyperbole of news media hype, special relations speeches, research funding and all the other trappings that surround a panda loan, there's a commitment from Fedex to ship 900KG of Bamboo three times a week, from Memphis to Toronto, for the duration of their stay. That stuck out like a sore thumb… This is supposed to be an environmental cause, no? Let's just take a closer look at that… The distance from MEM to YYZ is about 1300KM. Acc... read more »

Cellular Service On The TTC

When it comes to cellular service, I'm a bit more connected than the average guy or gal. I pay a lot for my service, and I really notice when it's missing… like on the subway trains in Toronto. How about we get it into Toronto's two and bit lines? Putting cellular service into tunnels isn't hard. Q.E.D, this isn't a technical hurdle as it's already been done in many of the most complicated subway systems in the world, including Seoul and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Also, it's not a money problem... read more »

A warped view of the Gardiner - Revisited

In a previous post, I had postulated why the Gardiner Expressway should by now be an undulating mess due to the reasons I pointed out. It turns out that this already was a problem that occurred quicker than I had anticipated. Source: Wikipedia "The old bridge pillars, which were resting on soil, not on bedrock, had sunk by a metre, giving the eastbound Gardiner a roller-coaster ride or "Humber hump". The bridges and connecting roadways were replaced at a cost of $100 million.Fatal collisions had occ... read more »

Sh*t Girls Say…

I would just like to say that Laura and I are mute and can only speak through blogging, so this does not represent us in the least.  Still funny though.  Watch episode 1 2 of Shit Girls Say below. read more »

Smartest Idea Ever!

Yup! Thats what Kendrick said the minute he saw this indoor playground at the airport, located just right beside the boarding gate; He never wasted his time enjoying the place and thats what he did,together with his new found Australian friend,its what they do the whole time while waiting.On the other hand, hes not the [...] read more »

Not to toot our own horn but….

We were featured on design edge!  What what! Unfortunately they cut the part about how Laura and I are the bread and butter of the magazinebut thats okay.  Its still pretty cool anyways.  Check out the article here! read more »




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